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Gilmore and Fitzgerald Have Egg on Their Car

05/10/12

Twenty-Six County Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore was forced to beat a hasty retreat from Ballyfermot earlier today [October 5] when his state car was surrounded by protesters and pelted with eggs. An estimated forty protesters were on hand to greet Gilmore and Fine Gael’s Frances Fitzgerald when they arrived at The Base Youth Centre and Childcare Facility.

Speaking from Ballyfermot, éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said, “éirígí organised today’s protest to give the people of Ballyfermot and the surrounding areas an opportunity to voice their opposition to any cuts to child benefit. People took that opportunity and gave the ministers a very clear message that they won’t be accepting any more of their anti-social austerity programme.

Protest against child benefit cuts

“Today’s protest is a welcome development. It shows a spirit of resistance that is badly needed across this country. We need protests of this type the length and breadth of Ireland. For too long the people have been silent, obediently accepting bank bailouts, tax hikes, wages cuts and attacks on public services and social welfare.

“The hypocrisy of the government in relation to children is breathtaking. Just last week they announced a constitutional referendum which they claim will protect the rights of children. And this week we learn that they are planning to slash child benefit. How much more proof do we need that Fine Gael and Labour only are only picking up where Fianna Fáil and the Green Party left off?”

Protest against child benefit cuts

Minihan concluded, “It is not good enough for people to wait until the next general election in three years time. By then it will be too late. The only thing that can stop the madness of the austerity programme is people power. We need to take inspiration from the people of Greece, Spain, Iceland and elsewhere. We need to get on the streets and stop the EU/IMF and the Dublin government in their tracks. And then we need to put in place a just solution to the current crisis, a solution that puts the needs of the many ahead of the greed of the few.”

An éirígí member from Dublin was this afternoon brought before the courts on spurious ‘public order’ and ‘criminal damage’ charges arising from this morning's protest. He was bailed to re-appear before the courts on October 26.

 

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